Monday, 17 June 2013

Men Less Likely To Accept Help With Their Driving

Recent figures released by the AA have revealed that male drivers are less likely to accept help with their driving when compared to female motorists.

According to the AA, of the 2,000 free lessons offered to help nervous, rusty, lapsed and dangerous drivers get back on the road only 22% that took the offer up were men.

Unfortunately official motoring figures suggests that male drivers are twice as likely to have an accident as women.
However, the survey also revealed that young drivers between the ages of 21 - 25 were more likely to sign-up to improve their driving than older motorists.

The importance of further driver training has been compounded following recent figures that showed that 17,478 men were either killed or badly injured on the roads in 2011 – compared to 7,544 women.

The director of the AA - Edmund King has warned motorists not to let pride stop them from improving their driving skills - adding that everyone should aim to become a safer driver, no matter how long they've had their licence. He went on to say that all motorists have a responsibility to make sure that their skills are up-to-date.

Mr King went on to state that men shouldn't let pride get in the way since further training can not only reduce risk but could help reduce car insurance for young drivers as well as premiums for older drivers.

To sign off I’d like to leave you with a few thoughts –

It’s not just learner drivers who need the initial training and it’s important to remember that you never really stop learning after you pass your driving test. No matter how skilled you believe yourself to be behind the wheel there is always room for improvement. So – if you are a newly qualified motorists why not consider a pass plus course – you never know, it might even help bring down the cost of your young drivers insurance


Monday, 10 June 2013

Young Farmers Group Takes Action To Improve Rural Driving

The study carried out by Road Safety Analysis has revealed further information about rural drivers - including the riskiest areas of the England and Wales to drive.

As a result of these findings the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) has called for more support from local communities and the government for young drivers in rural areas.

The NFYFC has joined forces with the National Farmers Union (NFU) and their road safety campaign - Drive It Home.

Drive It Home was originally founded as a result of the disturbing results from a report by the Department for Transport. The report showed that young drivers in rural areas are at far greater risk when on the road. To find out more about these results please read our article: Young Drivers Welcome Changes To The Way They Drive.

The study highlighted a number of areas around the UK - including Surrey, parts of Lincolnshire, South Glamorgan, East Sussex and other areas that were the worst hit.

As a result the NFYFC are putting together a number of recommendations - including the introduction of a compulsory rural road section of the driving test as well as more transport links in rural areas of the UK.

Commenting on behalf of the NFYFC, spokesperson Milly Wastie said:

“This research shows that rural young drivers face distinct challenges on our country roads and a lack of education and support is costing lives.”

She added that the group is working with NFU Mutual to offer practical driver training courses to their 25,000 members who are young drivers.

Tim Price from the NFU Mutual voiced his support for this work by adding:

“Deaths and serious injuries are taking a dreadful toll on the lives of young people and we are working with Young Farmers’ Clubs and other organisations to try and reduce accidents and save lives.”

Are you a young farmer? Have an opinion? Why not share it in our comments section below...


Tailgaters - How To Deal With Them

As an inexperienced young driver it can be all too easy to get upset by the tailgater sitting as close to the rear of your car as they can - believe me, we've all experienced and all dealt with it in our own way.

A lot of the time there is no right or wrong answer to dealing with them - hopefully the £100 police fines to be introduced in July 2013 will go some way to preventing foolish tailgating behaviour.

But it probably won't deter them completely - so what can you as a young driver to deal with a situation like this?

Well there are a number of solutions that drivers around the UK have come up with over the years - some right, some not so right. Here's our top suggestion:

Ease back - by easing off the gas and slowing down you can increase your forward safety gap - giving you more time to stop in an emergency. By doing this you're not only giving yourself more time but you are also giving the driver tailgating you more time to react. In addition - it allows them to overtake when it's safe to do so.

As annoying and as dangerous as tailgaters are you are far better off letting them pass you - at least that way you can take note of their car registration and report them to the police! Besides - it's safer for you and others in your car to have the dangerous driver in front - rather than right up your car's rear.

The most important thing to remember is to stay safe whilst your on the road - the last thing you want is an accident that results in injuries, damaged vehicles and a claim on your young drivers insurance.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Tailgaters And Middle Lane Drivers To Face Fines

The police have recently announced that tailgaters and middle lane drivers on motorways could face on-the-spot penalties under new measures introduced by the UK Government.

As of July the police will have the power to issue £100 fines as well as 3 points for careless driving offences. Currently drivers who are caught have to go through lengthy court procedures. It is believed that by introducing these on-the-spot penalties it will allow police to target offenders quickly by cutting out this lengthy process.

In addition to these penalties fines have also increased for not wearing a seatbelt or using a phone whilst driving. Fines are set to rise from £40 - £100.

The measures are likely to prove a good move by the Government as many motoring offences currently go unpunished due to the bureaucracy involved in bringing current cases to court. 

This could be good news for young drivers who have recently passed their driving test as it means that they are less likely to get irresponsible motorists hassling and tailgating them whilst on the move. This move could also result in a reduction in road accidents.

Stephen Hammond, the road safety minister, commented:

"Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people's lives at risk."

Mr Hammond went on to say:

"That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court."

Both the AA and the RAC Foundation have supported the action to make UK roads safer. 

Professor Stephen Glaister of the RAC Foundation believes that anti-social behaviour on the roads is as much of a problem as it is in wider society, adding:

"Giving police more discretion to act, and freeing up resources to allow them to do so by cutting procedural delays in court, is good news."

In spite of this, whilst he supports the move, motoring expert Quentin Wilson raised concerns that the UK may not have enough traffic police to enforce the law – especially since the number of traffic police on the roads have been cut by 50% since 1997.

Do you think this is the right move by the Government? Leave your thoughts below...


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Young Drivers Welcome Changes To The Way They Drive

Amidst growing concerns and alarming figures that suggest young drivers are increasingly at risk on the roads the UK Government are planning to curb the excesses of newly qualified 17 - 25 year old drivers.

Young drivers appear to be welcoming this news, along with many aspects of the Government's "green paper" young driver report. Many are backing the mandatory motorway driving lessons and the introduction of breath-alcohol ignition locks that will not allow the young drivers to take to the road before being breathalysed. The device actually prevents the vehicle's engine from being started if the results are higher than the blood alcohol limit.

However, young motorists are less keen on other elements - such as a year's minimum learning period before being able to go for a driving test and only 10% backed night-time driving curfews.

Following this report, recent figures produced by the Road Safety Analytics company and Michelin Tyres has revealed that young drivers were 44% more likely to be involved in a serious accident on a rural road, when compared to urban areas.

The results suggests that young drivers are 68% more likely be involved in an accident on a 60mph rural road. An alarming figure - especially since 41% of respondents admitted to being more likely to drive faster on rural roads.

As a result of this report the head of government affairs at Michelin - Darren Lindsey has said:
"There is an urgent case for greater education and awareness among young drivers, especially those in rural areas.”

Mr Lindsey added that following the release of the government's recent green paper on young drivers, the report "provides a compelling case for some of the recommendations."

So is this the future for young drivers - more importantly - do you agree with the Government proposals? Let us know what you think by commenting below.